Winona Area Public Schools and community’s best interests


(5/2/2018)

From: Gretchen Michlitsch, Emilio DeGrazia, Natalie Siderius, Allen Hillery, and Karl Sonneman

Winona Area Public School (WAPS) administration has proposed selling elementary school buildings that are in good structural condition. The School Board expects to vote on this proposal on Thursday, May 3.

1) The sale of our taxpayer-funded elementary school buildings at this time would be wasteful and wrong. WAPS should not sell elementary school buildings that are in good structural condition and could be renovated while the remaining public elementary school buildings are scheduled to far exceed capacity for the 2018-19 school year.

2) If the buildings are put up for sale, it would be wasteful and wrong to prohibit school buildings built with community taxpayers’ money from continuing to be used as school buildings even after the buildings are sold, at a time when remaining public elementary school buildings are well over capacity and area parochial and charter schools are full.

3) If the buildings are put up for sale, it would be wasteful and wrong to prohibit school buildings built with community taxpayers’ money from being used as preschool facilities even after the buildings are sold, especially at a time when WAPS has just evicted five day care classes from its buildings and there is a shortage of day care in the Winona area.

 

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